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Authorities foil attempt to occupy state land in Mirpur

MIRPUR: The district authorities here Wednesday foiled a major bid by professional land grabbers / land mafia of occupying the state-owned land near khaliqabad on Mirpur Jatlan road by uprooting their illegally-installed huts on the land belonging to the State Forests Department, officials said.
 When contacted, Assistant Commissioner Mirpur Raja Qaiser Aurangzeb told this correspondent Wednesday evening that at least  250 locals, allegedly belonging to  the professional land grabbers and land mafia, along with 15 to 20 families belonging to the firing hit areas of Line of control in Bhimbher and Kotli districts, forcibly erected the huts on the state owned land belonging to the AJK Forest Department since Tuesday by posing them the recent Indian-firing affectees from the above forward areas on the LoC.
 Hundreds of the alleged land grabbers / the fake IDPs fled away from the scene leaving their tents-resort abandoned as soon as the authorities launched the operation clean up early Wednesday morning.
 He said that on the special directives of the Deputy Commissioner Mirpur Ansar Yaqoob the occupied state-owned land was got vacated successfully from the land grabbers after the grand operation was launched at 4.00  wee hours on Wednesday which continued whole of the day.
The Assistant Commissioner said that the genuine Indian-firing hit families – the IDPs from Barnala in Bhimbher as well as from the forward areas  of LoC in Kotli districts  were respectively dispatched to their respective districts with advise to contact with the administrations of their respective districts of residence for the alternative shelter. “Since primarily it was the responsibility of the concerned districts administration to manage the due shelter and alternative  place for their stay for the time being due to their displacement from the Indian firing-hit areas on the LoC, he added.
 According to the details, on a tip off about the  unlawful occupation of the state owned land near Khaliqabad a special  team headed by the Assistant Commissioner Raja Qaiser Aurangzeb, comprising the Mahaal Officer Suhail Bashir, Tehsiladar Nasir Aurangzeb, Naib Tehsildar Ch. Imran and the police rushed the site of Sehens Mirpur Jatlan road and uprooted the huts / ordinary tents erected by the illegal occupants. It may be added that the AJK Forest Department had already warned the alleged land grabbers to vacate the state-owned land belonging to the department since last couple of days.
 The operation clean up lasted for whole of the day till Wednesday evening. During the operation, the occupants tried to block Khaliqabad road in retaliation to frustrate the action by the police and the administration. However the stringent operation by the administration led to the total vacation of the illegally occupied state-owned land as the authorities totally vanished all the ordinary shelters – mostly in form of tents.
At the same time, at 15 / 20 Indian-firing hit families of the IDPs belonging to forward Chamb sector area at LoC in Bhimbher district were sent back through the lorries to their respective permanent districts of residence, the AC Raja Qaiser Aurangzeb said while responding to a question.
 “No any arrest has been made from amongst the illegal occupants during the operation clean up which completed without any harm by the administration as hundreds of the illegal occupants fled from the scene during the operation”, he added while responding to a query.

Social and political quarters in Mirpur have highly praised the action by the District Administration frustrating the nefarious attempt of occupying the state-owned land under the bogey of the IDPs reportedly belonging to  the unprovoked Indian firing hit areas at this side of the Line of Control in Bhimbher and Kotli districts

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